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More knowledgeable electorates secure more representative policy outcomes for everyone

Jaeger, William P., Lyons, Jeffrey and Wolak, Jennifer (2016) More knowledgeable electorates secure more representative policy outcomes for everyone. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (26 Oct 2016). Website.

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Having an informed electorate is traditionally considered a necessary prerequisite for realizing participatory democracy, as this enables voters to make meaningful choices about who they elect and to hold officials accountable for their actions. But do more informed electorates lead to more favorable policy outcomes? In new research which uses state-level data, William P. Jaeger, Jeffrey Lyons, and Jennifer Wolak find that the strength of the correlation between voter ideology and policy outcomes does indeed increase as the electorate’s knowledge rises. They suggest that state elected officials are particularly responsive to well-informed electorates whilst in office.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 09:49
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:25

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